Survival Belt by SlideBelts from Kickstarter Campaigns with Useful Products for Fitness Fanatics

Kickstarter Campaigns with Useful Products for Fitness Fanatics

Survival Belt by SlideBelts


Self-described as “Wearable technology made for the adventurous,” this almost indestructible belt is made to handle any tough task you throw its way. Aside from a sleek and stylish look, the current buckle prototype will include a bottle opener and fire starter. But the most impressive aspect of the survival belt is the durability of the strap, which according to the promo video you can use to tow your canoe to shore, strap your bike to the back of your truck or carry a bundle of wood for your campfire. (And to point out the obvious, it can also be used to hold up your pants.) Future versions of the buckle will include a built-in multitool and GPS chip. 
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Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch


The Alpha is one of Kickstarter’s most funded campaigns; with 1,366 backers the project far surpassed its fundraising goal of $100,000 towards the end of 2012. The Alpha successfully solved a common complaint of many athletes who train using a heart rate monitor: the annoying chest strap that often causes uncomfortable chaffing. Instead of a cumbersome piece of material wrapped around your chest, the Alpha uses LED and “electro-optical cell” technology on the back of the watch to read blood flow volume and detect your heart rate. The Alpha is now manufactured and sold by Mio Global and we know for sure that it is in fact useful because we’ve tested it out ourselves
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This wearable device is the first of its kind that will track your UV exposure and measure sun-generated vitamin D. To maintain a healthy level of vitamin D, doctors recommend about 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun daily. But depending on your skin type, the amount of time you need may vary. This handy little clip-on will tell you how much vitamin D you’re body naturally generates from the sunlight and when it’s time to cover up with more protection.
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See also: 11 Myths About Sunscreen (And How to Protect Your Skin Properly)



Speaking of sprucing up your sleep habits, Sense is an innovative system that uses behavior monitoring technology and environmental sensors to help you get a great night’s sleep (so you won’t need to be jolted awake by electrocution in the middle of your work day). It keeps track of everything from your sleep cycles to the noise, light and temperature in your bedroom (which by the way, are all things that really do play a big role in how soundly you sleep) so that you can “take back your sleep.” Our favorite feature is that its alarm can wake you up at the right point in your sleep cycle so that you can avoid  that groggy, “please let me hit the snooze button just one more time” feeling.
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Priority Bicycles

Kickstarter/Priority Bicycles

This campaign surpassed its fundraising goal by $388,912, and it still has 16 more days to go. Priority Bicycles founder Dave Weiner kept seven principles of quality in mind when developing this bike: simplicity, comfort, easy maintenance, security, affordability, easy to ride and lightweight. Sounds like everything a bike enthusiast on a budget could ever dream of. We can’t attest to the quality of the other features just yet (the first bikes will ship out at the end of this year), but the affordability factor has drawn in plenty of backers who have placed their confidence in the product, which will sell for a retail price of about $430; hundreds less than you would pay for even the most affordable bike at your local shop.
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Coolest Cooler


With 31 days left in its campaign, this buzzworthy outdoor accessory has easily surpassed its $50,000 goal by millions of dollars pledged by close to 40,000 backers. Inventor Ryan Grepper calls this a portable party disguised as a cooler. What makes it so worthy of the ultimate backyard or beach bash?  We’ll this cooler’s fun features include a built-in blender, a removable waterproof Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger and a LED light built into the lid—just to name a few. The best part is Gepper says it’s so much fun (and extremely functional, too) that when you have one in your possession you’ll start looking for excuses to spend more time outside, and anything that will increase your time spent in nature is A-OK in our book.
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The Journeyman Dry Bag Backapck


The Journeyman was designed to fix a list of problems that its creators commonly experienced with other bags. A few of those include: practicality that bridges the gap between indoor and outdoor use, water resistance, versatility, eco-friendliness and quality. The Journeyman strives to provide adventurers and everyday backpack carriers with a product made of high quality, natural materials that are temperature, mildew and abrasion resistant, but also flexible and comfortable, and that packs well for all types of activities. 
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FreeWavz Smart Earphones


These fitness forward earbuds are the first completely wire-free smart earphones to feature built-in fitness monitoring. That means, your workout music and your workout stats are all in one place and you don’t need to worry about the hassle of carrying any other devices. Another cool feature includes a built-in microphone designed with safety in mind so that you can hear oncoming traffic and other hazards when you’re rocking out on the road.
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See also: Are Earbuds the Future of Activity Tracking?



We’re all for technology and the different ways it can help enhance your workouts, but we’re also all for the freedom to move around uninterrupted; that’s where GoGlove comes in. This wearable Bluetooth remote connects to your phone’s music player and was created as the solution to the frustration that came along with listening to music while skiing. Of course, not all athletes need gloves, so the creators have also come up with a small wearable remote that you can strap to your wrist for easy music-changing access on the go.
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Hopper Bar

Kickstarter/Hopper Bars

Alright, at first glance this might this seem like one of the more ridiculous items of the Internet, but we see it differently. We can’t attest to the taste of the cricket flour based protein bars just yet, but we do know that cricket flour is an innovative form of protein that’s on the rise right now (it’s been brought to our attention several times over the past few months) and we think the creators of the Hopper Bar might be on to something. According to the Kickstarter page, cricket flower is a sustainable form of high quality protein that includes essential nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, B vitamins and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Plus, Hopper Bars are crafted with whole food ingredients like peanut butter, raw honey, almonds, flax seeds and cherries which makes them the perfect energy-boosting fuel for all of your workouts and exciting adventures.
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